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getting settled

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It’s only been 12 days since we arrived in the US.  It seems like we’ve been here a whole lot longer.  We’ve had a very very busy past 2 weeks…hence the silence on this here blog.   As Courtney pointed out not to long ago “blogging and moving do not go hand-in-hand.”  Oh no they don’t.  I might have to expand on that and say that moving and just about everything — calling old friends, returning emails, tweezing my eyebrows, catching up on senseless celebrity gossip a la perezhilton — don’t go hand-in-hand. 

We sent our first week back in the United States in Virginia at my mother-in-law’s house. We typically make a stop there on any vacation that we take to the US, so aside from a little thing like buying a car, it felt like we were on one of our vacations.

last weekend we packed up the car, the shiny new car, and drove 3.5 hours south to NC.  It still didn’t feel quite real.  Then we arrived at my brother’s house in Durham, dragged all of our crap into the house and started to unpack, and settled in a bit.  Then, all of a sudden, out of know where, it hit me, like a ton of bricks.  That same feeling I’ve had twice before when I arrived at my new house in a new country.  That same overwhelming, oh my gosh, what have i gotten myself into feeling that makes me want to crawl under a bed and hide from the world.  That same feeling that always precipitates panic attacks.  I was in my brother’s house, in the country that I grew up in, in a country where they spoke English, my native language, and yet still I was having this feeling.     

we are currently in durham, nc staying with my brother and pregnant sister-in-law.  it’s going as well as can be expected, staying with them that is.  nothing like adding four more people to a house only used to two. The kids are having a great time hanging out with their uncle and aunt, which is a great distraction from this whole transition.  Abbey is having a particularly difficult time with the move and continues to ask about going back “home.”  As a result she’s not sleeping all to well, which means that we aren’t sleeping at all.   But everyday it seems to be getting better.

Aside from trying to get used to being back in the US we have been spending all of our time meeting with schools, potential therapists for Owen, doctors and looking for a house.  Everything has gone surprisingly well thus far and we feel that we have finally made progress in getting Owen the services that he needs.  While we still have a while before we get everything set up and started, at least we’ve began the process.  On the house front we have put a bid on a home and hopefully will hear something by Tuesday afternoon.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

This week brings more meetings and more time to get settled in.  Hopefully I’ll have some time to keep you all updated on what’s going on around here. 

until next time.


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April 27, 2008 at 11:36 pm

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breaks my heart

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abbey:  mommy, tomorrow can we visit my friends

me: which friends would that be?  we could call Miss. Julie and see if Lee and Grace can play.  Do you remember them?

abbey:  I want to visit my friends in Argentina. 

me:  abbey, we just left argentina.  we can’t go back so soon.

abbey:  but i want to see them.  if we can’t go tomorrow then maybe the day after tomorrow or the day after that?

me: sorry, sweetie, i don’t think so.  it’s a very long flight, remember?

abbey:  then maybe in 100 days?  could we go in 100 days?

me:  maybe.  we’ll see.  maybe in 100 days. 

abbey:  1…2…3…4…5…6…


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April 18, 2008 at 10:12 am

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19 reasons

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We are in the USA. Back home, I guess you could say. We arrived yesterday. I kinda felt like we were on vacation. That was, until my new cell phone arrived yesterday and we bought a new car today. It’s really sinking in that we have moved.

I need some sleep.

It was so darn hard to leave buenos aires; to leave the people, the place, the life.

There are a lot of reasons leaving was so difficult and I’m sure i will get to many of them in the days, weeks and months ahead as i reminisce about life in Argentina. But first, let me introduce 19 of those reasons. They are my dear, loving, supportive friends: 12 of them Argentine, 6 American, 1 Canadian and 1 Brit. (Really, there are 3 others I can add to this group, making it 22, but I don’t have their photos. boo hoo.)

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It’s only been 2 days and I already miss them so.

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April 16, 2008 at 5:50 pm

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we’re leaving on a jet plane…

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don’t know when we’ll be back again.  someday.  i hope.  someday.


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April 14, 2008 at 3:22 pm

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pack-out (part 2)

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there back…..

i really hate the sound of packing tape and the movement of paper and cardboard.  it’s all a little too much like nails running down a chalkboard.  and this is what i get to listen to ALL DAY long.  lucky me.

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April 10, 2008 at 10:03 am

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the pack-out process

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this morning, i took this photo of our foyer.


this was before the movers came.  had i taken the exact photo a week ago you would have seen pictures and paintings on the walls but those have all been taken off the walls and placed here: 


the above photo was taken also this morning before the packers showed up. Here’s another “before” photo:


our bookcases don’t normally look like this. they are usually much more organized. but after 3 international moves we’ve learned a few things, like how grouping items together and consolidating nic nacs into one or two places in the house makes for easier packing and unpacking.

here’s what my house looked like about an hour later.




right now, the bookcases are completely empty, the kitchen cabinets bare, my upstairs living room filled with boxes, and my dining room a complete mess.

I’ve retreated to my bedroom for a break and have left Owen downstairs to terrorize the packers. I should probably go rescue them, or him, or whomever.

Can someone please come rescue me????


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April 9, 2008 at 2:05 pm

pack out

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starts today.  just put both the kids on the bus to school and now I’m waiting for the movers to come. 

I’ll be home all day watching as they put all my worldly possessions in boxes. 

I’m thinking I’ll be posting from time to time today with updates on how things are proceeding.  I’ll even include pictures of before and after.  That’s always fun.

the house is going to echo by the end of the day.  i hate when houses echo.  it feels so empty. 

be back soon….

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April 9, 2008 at 8:41 am